No one is allowed to block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. You cannot block his wife, Priscilla Chan, either. However, the social media company is working to repair the situation.
At present, if you try to block Zuckerberg or Chan, Facebook will prompt an error message. “Block Error. Sorry, there was a problem blocking Mark Zuckerberg. Please try again,” the app will display. A similar message would emerge if you try to block Chan.
Zuckerberg and his team are working to fix this problem, but it seems like a major technical challenge, which may take some time.
The issue has been existing since August 2010. And it doesn’t only stop people from blocking Zuckerberg and Chan, but also anyone who has been blocked regularly in a small amount of time, a Facebook representative declared. Facebook doesn’t contain any “unblockable” accounts; the company’s system basically gets busy.
“I can tell you that people trying to block a profile or Page may see an error message if it has been blocked many times within a short period,” the representative added. “This temporary message does not prevent people from reporting profiles or Pages that they think are in violation of our Community Standards.”
In 2010, Facebook trickled information on why it coded the system in this order. The whole purpose is to limit the unintended harm of targeted blocking campaigns. ”In very rare instances, a viral campaign will develop instructing lots of people to all wrongly block the same person,” a representative further commented. “The purpose of this system is to protect the experience for people targeted by these campaigns.”
However, a lot has changed for Facebook since 2010 and for Zuckerberg too. In 2010, around 400 million people used Facebook. Back then, it was 18 months ahead of its IPO (initial public offering). Nowadays over 2 billion people use the platform, which has become a publicly traded company worth $492 billion?
The company’s popularity has made Zuckerberg into one of the most authoritative positions in the world. Zuckerberg is followed by more than 95 million people on Facebook. He has also used his control to speak up on a multiplicity of political issues. Lately, he has spoken in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is under a great threat. Zuckerberg’s navigation of the Facebook product also has a delicate but reflective impact on the way his platform’s consumers share and receive information.
With such great influence, Facebook is restraining its users’ capability to block Zuckerberg’s profile. Now, the company is all set to resolve the issue.